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devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2022

WOW OFFERING!

1 Samuel 1:24 “Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD in Shiloh, although the child was young.”

Boy! Look at the offering Hannah made to the Lord, along with three-year-old bull, one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, she packed up her 3 year old kid Samuel also to be offered to the Lord, not for a short period or for a camp meeting but she said: “I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD.” I write this portion with tears brimming my eyes! She kept her vow to the Lord and made a ‘wow’ offering! Have you at any time in your life made a wow offering to the Lord??

Friend, severe afflictions, humiliation, persecutions and loneliness had prepared the heart of Hannah to part with ‘Samuel’ that she had hungered, craved and yearned for. The Bible says: “She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.” (1 Samuel 1:10) Thus, Hannah made a strong, focused petition to God for a ‘boy’ child, not to swagger and brag later on but she went on to dedicate the child to be a Nazarite and for the services of the Lord all his life. This was no emotional outburst! This was a wholehearted offering! You would never understand this as long as you calculate your money when you give your offerings. Hannah did not promise to give the child to God for a period, but she vowed:” I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head."

Friend, Hannah becomes a ‘champ’ when she gets her little baby ready to be dropped at the temple ‘for good’. I was touched with her whole hearted offering.  Today we have orphanages operating in shabby, over- crowded rooms because people have forgotten to give their wow offerings!  Before starting our own free school for the poor , Abide School, I would like to tell you how it birthed. I volunteered to teach English in a Children Home in the locality where we stay. I had the opportunity to see the ‘inside’ of the orphanage which was very pathetic: no lights, no hygiene, it was terrible.  We helped in rectifying certain things but then God gave us the burden to start School and Home of our own. 

Today, there is NONE, I repeat none to offer their buildings for schools run for the poor and under-privileged, there is so much of struggles, pain, humiliation because people have forgotten to think of the poor and abandoned kids.

Today, we have churches without proper roofs, proper buildings and enough space to run the ministry, because we have forgotten God. God is looking for HANNAHs’ to do a WOW offering for the Lord!


 

 

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